The Role of Recruiters in Labor Migration

Manolo I. Abella

in International Migration

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269006
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601309 | DOI:

Series: International Studies in Demography

 The Role of Recruiters in Labor Migration

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Job brokering for profit has become an important institution in the market for foreign labour, especially where social networks are not yet established to facilitate migration or where states of employment and origin have not agreed on exclusive systems for recruiting labour. Job brokers or recruiters have successfully organized labour migration between many states, especially where few or no political or economic linkages have existed before. However, recruiting activities have been frequently characterized by fraudulent practices. Little evidence indicates that public authorities’ efforts to protect workers against such practices have been effective.

Keywords: economic development; human smuggling; job brokering; labour recruitment; undocumented migration

Chapter.  4779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Systems

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